Newcastle Youth Studies Group

Young People and the New Economy

Led by Dr David Farrugia, research in this theme examines the relationships between young people, work and place in the context of global transformations in the nature of and availability of work. This includes global industrial restructuring, urban / rural inequalities, and the emergence of immaterial and affective labour in service economies. How do young people navigate work in changing labour markets? How are local youth labouring practices in urban and rural economies connected to transnational flows of capital and labour? What is the relationship between youth identity and value in the contemporary economy? These questions are the central concerns of work in this theme.

Theme members:

David Farrugia

Dr David Farrugia, University of Newcastle, Australia

David Farrugia is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle and co-director of the Newcastle Youth Studies Network. His research focuses on young people, work, labour and globalisation. His research projects explore the relationship between youthfulness and value in the new economy, youth, work and globalisation, and rural and regional young people’s relationship to education, work and place

Lotta haikkola

Dr Lotta Haikkola, Finnish Youth Research Network

Lotta Haikkola’s current work focuses on on young men working in the logistics sector in the urban service economy. The project explores worker subjectivities and value-production with global supply chains. Her expertise also covers youth employment and unemployment, activation and workfare policies, youth services and critical studies of youth marginalizaton. Her work in these areas explores how youth and marginalization is governed in the extensive service system. She has also done research on second generation young people and transnational relations.

Kaisa Vehkalahti.

Dr Kaisa Vehkalahti, University of Oulu, Finland

Kaisa Vehkalahti is Academy Research Fellow, and Adjunct Professor of Cultural and Social History at the University of Oulu. Vehkalahti specializes in the history of youth and education. Her current research interests focus on rural youth and longitudinal studies. These themes are on the focus of her new Academy of Finland -funded project Rural Generations on the Move. Cultural History of Rural Youth, 1950–2020 (2019–2024). She leads the multidisciplinary Northern Research Group for History of Childhood and Education 'Lapanen' at the University of Oulu. She is the author of Constructing Reformatory Identity. Girls’ Reform School Education in Finland, 1893–1923 (Peter Lang, 2009) as well as other publications on the history of childhood and youth, research ethics, memory studies, girlhood studies, and cultural history of writing.

tommi killakoski

Dr Tomi Killakoski, Finnish Youth Research Network

Tomi Kiilakoski, PhD, is a senior researcher in the Finnish Youth Research Network and an adjunct professor in the university of Tampere. His areas of expertise include youth work, youth participation, educational policy, school violence and its prevention, cultural philosophy and critical pedagogy. Kiilakoski has published extensively (in total over 170 publications, in journal such as YOUNG, Youth & Policy, Education Culture & Society. ) He has authored nine books on youth work, youth research and critical pedagogy in his native language, Finnish. His expertise is widely used in formal and non-formal learning context from designing national core curriculum to designing participatory activities in the local policy level. Kiilakoski has worked with the Unicef Finland in creating Child-Friendly City Iniative in the Finnish context, with the ministry of Finance in Finland, Ministry of Culture and Education in Finland, National Board of Education and numerous Finnish cities in promoting the rights of the child, developing youth work services and in promoting participation.